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Cuba Essential Birding and Conservation Education: February 2020

Denver Audubon and Partnership for International Birding are co-hosting a fantastic birding adventure in Cuba from February 1 to February 8, 2020. On this tour, you will:

  • Have the chance to see over 20 Cuban endemic birds as well as many other species endemic to the Caribbean
  • Bird in one of the most important conservation areas in Cuba
  • Travel in a small group, with no more than 10 people total
  • Travel with and learn from a well-known Cuban ornithologist

Trip Overview

After arriving in Havana, you will visit some of the most important birding sites in Cuba, including Viñales and the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula. The Zapata region is one of the most important conservation areas in the Caribbean. Over 260 species have been reported here, including all but 3 of Cuba’s 23 endemic species. The tour covers several habitats, including forests, marshes, mangroves, coastal shrubs, patches of grass, and lagoons. Experience Cuba’s rich cultural, music, and historic traditions while traveling the country.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Havana and have supper with us while we answer questions about the trip

Day 2: Morning birding in Las Terrazas and La Guira National park then travel to Viñales, where we will bird in the afternoon

Day 3: Early morning birding before driving to Zapata, where we will stay for the remainder of the trip because of its environmental value

Day 4: Full day birding excursion in Bermeja, a fauna refuge with national significance

Day 5: Morning birding in the marsh habitat at La Turba and afternoon birding in other areas around greater Zapata

Day 6: Morning birding in La Salina, which has ideal feeding conditions for water birds, and in the afternoon we will return to Bermeja

Day 7: Bird along the Hatiguanico river in the morning before returning to Havana, where we will enjoy a celebratory supper

Day 8: Depart from Havana or stay on your own to enjoy more Cuban culture!

Tour Guides

Arturo Kirkconnell is a curator of the Cuba National Museum of Natural History’s Ornithology Department. He is a native of Cuba and the co-author of two books, A Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba, and A Birdwatchers’ Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans
As part of the Museum’s efforts to collect ornithological data, Arturo has been leading birding tours in Cuba for over three decades (since 1988). To date he has guided more than 200 birding groups.

Emily graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Education, and she specializes in environmental education. Currently, Emily leads Denver Audubon’s school programs, where she’s passionate about teaching children how to protect birds and their habitats. In her free time, Emily enjoys rock climbing, photography, trail running, camping, gardening, eating chips & salsa, and hiking with her family.

Is it legal to travel to Cuba? YES!!!

Partnership for International Birding has led 34 trips to Cuba in the last three years. This trip is designed to support humanitarian purposes, including research and environmental education efforts in Cuba. The birding adventures you experience during this trip will assist research conducted by Arturo Kirkconnel. The bird species you see will be recorded and used to track bird migration.

In addition, Emily will be working to establish a long-term cross-cultural conservation connection between students, teachers, and communities in Cuba and Colorado. During the trip, Emily will meet with and exchange conservation ideas, and she may also offer short activities and educational programs for students. Depending on interest and local school rules, trip attendees may request to attend some of Emily’s meetings; however, this is not a requirement.

Pricing, Registration, and Questions

For questions or to book this trip, call Charles at the Partnership for International Birding at 888-203-7464, ext. 912. Charles can also be reached on his cell phone at 720-320-1974.

CLICK HERE for full pricing information.

CLICK HERE for detailed itinerary.

February 1, 2020 All day